If you haven’t already tried yoga, then sis, this is your sign to start. Yoga is a powerful exercise, not only for your body but for your mind too! Taking part in a regular yoga class will help you to increase your flexibility, strength and overall fitness, and we’re here for it! But did you know that yoga is just as beneficial for your mind? That’s right, doing a yoga workout can help to reduce your stress levels, straighten your stance and allow you to hold your concentration for that little bit longer. That’s why yoga can be the ideal lunchtime activity and help you to avoid that “after lunch slump”.
What are the benefits of yoga?
As we mentioned above, yoga benefits your body as well as your mind. Some of the top perks you can expect from practicing yoga include:
- Reduced stress
- Increased blood flow and therefore heart health
- Decreased or removed symptoms of depression
- Reduced levels of chronic pain
- Improved sleep quality
- Encourages you to eat healthier (Healthline)
How many times per week should you do yoga?
Generally speaking yoga is most effective when practiced between 2 and 5 times per week. If you’re just a beginner then why not start small by doing 2 yoga sessions a week. You could try it online or you could even join a class and make some new yoga besties. As you get more confident and into a good routine then you should up your sessions to 4 or 5. This is when you’ll really start to reap the benefits.
What happens to your body when you do yoga?
Yoga is the ideal exercise for those with hectic schedules who tend to overtax their nervous system. Although we spoke earlier about how yoga changes you physically, did you know that it can also improve your own body image? That’s right team, yoga can give you one major confidence kick!
“Yoga develops inner awareness. It focuses your attention on your body’s abilities at the present moment. It helps develop breath and strength of mind and body. It’s not about physical appearance.” - Harvard Health
This is exactly why most yoga studios don’t have any mirrors, if you hadn’t noticed this before then you’ll definitely notice now. This allows you to focus entirely on your practice and forget about what you look like.
Can you lose weight by doing yoga?
There are certain styles of yoga that will burn more calories than others. The more active styles, such as vinyasa, ashtanga and power, will see you burning higher calories and therefore losing weight or preventing weight gain.
You can also expect to tone up and improve your overall fitness and metabolism while practicing yoga. Building muscle and bettering your metabolism are sure to help you with your weight loss journey.
As well as this, yoga has been proven to put you in a positive headspace. This mental switch helps you to make healthier day-to-day choices and might just keep you away from the biscuit tin!
Our favourite post-yoga smoothie...
It was hard to pick just one favourite post-yoga smoothie but in the end the Purple Recovery Smoothie by Carolyn Gratzer Cope came out on top.
This glass of purple delight is both vegan and vibrant and is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and revived after that morning flow.
All you need to do is throw the below ingredients into a blender, blitz until smooth and serve while it’s still extra cold.
1 small banana
¾ cup frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 teaspoon raw cacao
½ teaspoon of maca
¾ cup of cold water or any milk alternative you like - our favourite is almond!
See you next time, Team Bo+Tee x